Appeared in Winter 1993, Vol. XIX, No. 4

Without strong families as its foundation, Western society will gradually disintegrate. Catholic teaching on the family, forcefully proposed by Pope John Paul II, could, however, serve as a catalyst for rejuvenating our crumbling social life. Like the Pope, I am convinced that the “future of humanity passes by way of the family.”1 Catholics must rekindle and share their hope that only by strengthening the family can society be revitalized. For the Church’s Social Doctrine to bear fruit in any area, its lessons must first be learned in this primary cell of society. The dignity of the human person and work, as well as the principles of participation, subsidiarity and solidarity, must first be lived in the family before they influence the wider world.

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